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Perry remains ahead of pack

AMERICAN Kenny Perry maintained his 2-shot lead in Friday's weather-hit second round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, despite struggling with the pace of the greens.

The PGA Tour veteran, two ahead overnight after opening with a sparkling 61, parred his last 10 holes at the TPC River Highlands to card a two-under 68. That left Perry at 11-under 129, with compatriot Ryan Moore alone in second after a six-birdie 65.

Americans Colt Knost (66) and PGA Tour rookie Aaron Watkins (67) were a further stroke back at 8-under while US Open champion Lucas Glover was at 4-under after following a first-round 65 with a 71.

Play was suspended later in the day due to thunderstorms. Among those yet to complete the second round, US Ryder Cup player Anthony Kim was at 8-under with five holes remaining, level with compatriots Paul Goydos, David Toms and Spencer Levin.

Goydos and 2001 PGA Championship winner Toms also had five holes remaining while Levin had completed nine.

Perry, who flirted with a magical 59 before equalling the course record on Thursday, failed to increase his lead despite striking the ball even better on Friday.

"I hit a lot more quality, longer irons today," the 48-year-old told reporters. "It was fun out there. I had control of the ball and hit it nice but just couldn't get the speed (on the greens)."

In Munich, Retief Goosen of South Africa retained his lead at the halfway stage of the BMW International Open after shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday in the second round.

However, Goosen's 132-stroke total, which was completed before lunch, came under increasing pressure later in the day. Eventually, he held a one-shot lead over Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen.

Among the players to miss the cut was John Daly of the US who shot a 2-under 70 for 144 and the recent surprise Irish Open winner Shane Lowry.


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